Suspects steal chrome, crash bakkie, then flee

The suspects are still at large.

Update: Roughly half a ton of chrome was stolen, far greater than the 10kg initially suspected by officers at the scene.

An unknown number of suspects crashed a bakkie on the old Belfast road after stealing half a ton of chrome.

Having been seen by a passer-by, the Toyota bakkie was found flipped on its side in tall grass and heavily damaged, with the suspects thought to have fled the scene into the long grass.

Having allegedly stolen the bakkie this morning, the suspects then used the vehicle to steal chrome off a nearby train.

The thieves were pursued by members of the public, leading to the accident.

By the time the police or emergency personnel could arrive, the suspects were nowhere to be found.

This is the latest incident in a string of chrome-related thefts plaguing Mpumalanga, including a report on May 11, where the police caught 80 people stealing chrome from a freight train between Belfast and Dullstroom.

The suspects are still at large.


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